City council campaign calls to ‘Judaize Jerusalem’

Likud MK Rivlin calls for criminal investigation into settler’s municipal election slogan. Previous campaigns warned of Arabs ‘terrorizing’ Jewish girls.

By Mairav Zonszein and Michael Omer-Man

City council campaign calls to ‘Judaize Jerusalem’
Jerusalem municipal election campaign poster, reads: “Judaize Jerusalem! Judaize through building and Judaize through Torah – The knitted yarmulkes in the city”

A list of candidates running in the upcoming Jerusalem municipal elections is vying for (Jewish) votes with a slogan calling to “Judaize” the city. The phrase is associated with efforts by Jewish settlers to push Palestinians out of the city’s neighborhoods.

“Judaize Jerusalem,” read signs for the United Jerusalem list, headed Aryeh King, a right-wing settler notorious for trying to claim land for Jews in East Jerusalem. He directs the Israel Land Fund, whose mission is “reclaiming the Land of Israel for the People of Israel.”

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Before creating the United Jerusalem List with Shmuel Shakdi of the National Religious Party, King announced his campaign for Jerusalem city council with a party called the ‘Seam Neighborhood List.’

A Haaretz report in August detailed his then-campaign slogans playing on fears of Arab men “terrorizing Jewish girls” in city parks.

King’s campaign to ‘Judaize Jerusalem’ is not sitting well even with some on the right. Former Knesset speaker and veteran Likud politician Reuven Rivlin called for the elections committee and state prosecutor to investigate whether the slogan, which he called “a disgrace” and “incitement,” constitutes a criminal offense. (Hebrew)

King’s campaign received the support of East Jerusalem settlement financier Irving Moskowitz earlier this month, settler media outlet Arutz Sheva reported.

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